As we drove home one noontime, I saw a number of cows coming from a corner of a field. A closer look showed that they were crossing under the road and going toward a distant barn. They walked with purpose but did not seem to hurry or dawdle. I was struck by the lack of competition - no pushing or shoving, each just intent on going where she needed to go, each a member of the group, all on seemingly equal footing, patient and purposeful.
This has become one of my favorite paintings. In fact I have painted it twice, the second being a little better and a little larger at 8"x8". It reminds me in some ways of a painting I did of my grandchildren walking together and of the saying my friend shared with me that "our purpose in life is to walk each other home. "